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positions started just as you are starting to-day. Their advancement is due to their own hard work and merit." --LORD ROBERTS.

The young man, who in the fulness of his physical and mental powers, faces life at the beginning of the twentieth century, has greater opportunities and responsi bilities than any that have confronted the young men of former centuries and generations. There never was a time in the history of the world when more courage, more honesty, more nobility of character, and more perseverance in right doing, were required for success than now, and correspondingly there never was a period when the rewards were greater than at the present hour. As business enterprises have expanded into vast undertakings, of which the men of the past had no knowledge, so have the demands for men of sterling character and unswerving rectitude to manage and conduct them successfully increased apace. As nations have grown in population, material progress, educational development, and territorial area, so the call for statesmen of big calibre, demonstrated executive capacity, and unquestioned integrity, to guide the people and guard their interests, is heard more than ever before. If you were to ask me what quality in a young man is pre-eminently needed now in order to battle with the temptations of the world, and earn success in its true meaning, I would answer without hesitation, that it is cleanness of soul or wholesomeness of thought and life. The man who is clean and wholesome in thought and action is sure to be honest, reliable and brave. The foundation of the state is the family, and the family's happiness is dependent upon the soul-cleanliness of its members. Im

From an address to the Cadets at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; from the Advocate of India, 10th January 1903.

morality is always preceded by immoral thoughts and unclean desires, and the man who once becomes thoroughly unclean in thought or immoral in life, no matter how hidden this may be, how good he may appear to the world, and how clean and wholesome in mere physical condition, is the worst enemy of both family and state, and the last man to be trusted either in statesmanship or business. Every nation, every department of government, every business, every profession, every occupation is calling aloud for young men, whose stability of character cannot be impugned, and who can be depended upon under the most adverse conditions and trying temptations. The young man who possesses these qualifications will never know in the twentieth century what is the experience of inactivity or lack of employment. Whether he be Christian, Hindu, Mahomedan, Sikh, or Parsee, the same elemental characteristics of honour, rectitude, perseverance, and cleanness of thought, will bring him to the front in the competition of men.*


If the remembrance of God be in your hearts, ye will be able to accomplish things which are impracticable. ‡


No standing in the world without stooping.


* Selection from his address at the Young Men's Christian Association, Bombay, as reported in the Bombay Gazette of the 10th January 1903.

† Commissioner-General to Asia for the St. Louis World's Fair. From the Works of H. H. Wilson.

He, who would catch fish, must not mind getting wet.

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Presence of mind and courage in distress,
Are more than armies to procure success.

Many men fail in life, from the want, as they are too ready to suppose, of those great occasions wherein they might have shown their trustworthiness and their integrity. But all such persons should remember that in order to try whether a vessel be leaky, we first prove it with water, before we trust it with wine. The more minute, trivial, and we might say, vernacular opportunities of being just and upright, are constantly occurring to every one; and it is an unimpeachable character in these lesser things, that almost invariably prepares and produces those very opportunities of greater advancement, and of higher confidence, which turn out so rich a harvest, but which those alone are permitted to reap, who have previously sown.


Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.



Impossible," said Napoleon, "is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools."

Constant application overcomes the greatest difficulties.

Any man can do what any other man has done.


I hold as doctrine, to which I owe, not much indeed, but all the little I ever had, viz., that, with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.


Why should he despair of success, since effects naturally follow their causes, and the divine Providence is wont to afford its concourse to such proceedings.


Never despair-it kills the life,

And digs an early grave

The man who rails so much at Fate,

But makes himself her slave.

Up! rouse ye to the work-

Resolve victory to gain,

And hopes shall rise, and bear rich fruit,
Which long in dust have lain.

'Tis no use bewailing

Our want of success,
And all unavailing

Our tears of distress.

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Unless we are roused to act upon ourselves, unless we engage in the work of self-improvement, unless we purpose strenuously to form and elevate our own minds, unless what we hear is made a part of ourselves by conscientious reflection, very little permanent good is received. -THE REV. W. E. CHANNING.

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